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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title 2nd Annual Southwest Iowa Merit Badge College
Location 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
11/21/2009 8 AM 11/21/2009 5 PM
Open for Registration Last day to Register
9/14/2009   11/13/2009
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
2 $15.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Mid America Trailblazer

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Most of your questions about payment, start and end times, and where to be are explained beneath the list of badges on this page.
Please read everything we've included in the event description. If you still have questions, contact the event manager by clicking this button.

Email Mr Jim Bunch (, the Event Manager

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
ABA Attendance By Adult 1-4  1812521 Mr Jim Bunch
Architecture 1&2L122See Counselor Page10200 Mr Michael Mayne
Architecture 3&4L122See Counselor Page10200 Mr Michael Mayne
Automotive Maintenance 1&2D1032See Counselor Page14120 Mr Douglas Brown
Automotive Maintenance 3&4D1032See Counselor Page14130 Mr Douglas Brown
Aviation 1&2CB Airport 10152 Mr Ed Fink
Aviation 3&4CB Airport 10150 Mr Ed Fink
Backpacking WEB1A166This is First Aid9154 Mr Russ Sindelar
BOS Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specifics 1-4F142See Counselor Page18260 Mr Brad Hyndman
Camping* WEB2A166This is Outdoor Skills9154 Mr Russ Sindelar
Canoeing WEB3A166This is Outdoor Code9154 Mr Russ Sindelar
Citizenship in the Community* 1&2S1100See Counselor Page10160 Jen Connelly
Citizenship in the Community* 1&2S1106See Counselor Page10160 Mr Jeff Quandt
Citizenship in the Community* 3&4S1100See Counselor Page10160 Jen Connelly
Citizenship in the Community* 3&4S1106See Counselor Page10160 Mr Jeff Quandt
Citizenship in the Nation* 1&2S1105See Counselor Page10150 Mrs Wenda Gilman
Citizenship in the Nation* 1&2S1101See Counselor Page10150 Tim Eggers
Citizenship in the Nation* 3&4S1101See Counselor Page10150 Tim Eggers
Citizenship in the Nation* 3&4S1105See Counselor Page10150 Mrs Wenda Gilman
Citizenship in the World* 1&2S1102See Counselor Page10150 Mr David Knights
Citizenship in the World* 3&4S1102See Counselor Page10150 Mr David Knights
Climbing WEB4A166This is Intro to Scouts9154 Mr Russ Sindelar
Communication* 1&2F103 1020 Mr Tarry Hempel
Communication* 1&2S1104See Counselor Page10120 Mr Greg Reinders Erik Moore
Communication* 3&4S1108 10120 Mr Steve Dunham
Communication* 3&4S1104See Counselor Page10120 Mr Greg Reinders Erik Moore
Computers 1&2D1009See Counselor Page10150 Dr Jerry Dijak PhD, EE
Computers 3&4F103 10120 Mr Tarry Hempel
Computers 3&4D1009See Counselor Page10150 Dr Jerry Dijak PhD, EE
Disabilities Awareness 1&2D1011See Counselor Page10150 Mrs Julie Flora m.s., CCC-SLP
Disabilities Awareness 3&4D1011See Counselor Page101510 Mrs Julie Flora m.s., CCC-SLP
Drafting 1&2L137 10150 Mr Dennis Meston
Drafting 3&4L137 10152 Mr Dennis Meston
Emergency Preparedness* 1&2S1109First Aid MB--See Counselor Page10150 Mr Dan Elder
Emergency Preparedness* 3&4S1109First Aid MB--See Counselor Page10157 Mr Dan Elder
Engineering 1&2L128 14155 Mr William Green
Engineering 3&4L128 14157 Mr William Green
Environmental Science* 1&2D1006See Counselor Page10243 Mr Mark Versch
Environmental Science* 3&4D1006See Counselor Page10246 Mr Mark Versch
Fingerprinting 1&2D1010See Counselor Page10150 Mr Len Szmurlo
Fingerprinting 3&4D1010See Counselor Page10150 Mr Len Szmurlo
First Aid* 1&2S1107See Counselor Page10205 Laura Collings
First Aid* 1&2D1007 10208 Rob Waterhouse
First Aid* 3&4S1107See Counselor Page10207 Laura Collings
Landscape Architecture 1&2D1205See Counselor Page10150 Ms Barbara Stuckey
Landscape Architecture 3&4D1205See Counselor Page10150 Ms Barbara Stuckey
Railroading 1&2D1012 10150 Mr Mark Bowerman
Railroading 3&4D1012 10150 Mr Mark Bowerman
Reptile and Amphibian Study 1&2D1029 10150 Mrs Karen Coshow
Reptile and Amphibian Study 3&4D1029 10150 Mrs Karen Coshow
Soil and Water Conservation 3&4S1110See Counselor Page10154 Mrs Buffie Elder
Stamp Collecting 1&2D1033See Counselor Page10150 Mr Randy Bergstom
Traffic Safety 1&2D1008 10150 Mark Toney
Traffic Safety 3&4D1008 10150 Mark Toney
Sponsor Information

Welcome to the second year of advancement opportunities. Sponsored by the Trailblazer District of the Mid-America Council in conjunction with our hosts at Iowa Western Community College. We hope that the enhancements we have implemented for 2009 will continue to provide a quality learning environment for Scouts and Scouters.


Once again we will be the receipients of quality facilities and instruction at Iowa Western's Council Bluffs campus. Several Eagle-required merit badges and a number of other exciting merit badge offerings will provide fun with a challenge. Scoutmaster Fundamentals will be offered for adult leader and interested parents. In addition, a revised Webelos program (2nd year only) has been designed to make this event a great opportunity for troops to invite potential new Boy Scouts to participate with them while preparing for the upcoming bridging over to the troops. Please remember that our focus continues to be on providing an instructional environment with some of the best counselors in this area and that all requirements for most merit badges will not be completed at the college. However, we do strive to provide the opportunity for the significant portion of work to be done here in most cases.

Counselor Information

For 2009 our event is paperless and electronic. In lieu of processing blue cards, all advancement information will be posted on the class roster reports online. It will be the responsibility of the unit leader to download this information for their Scouts and to process that information according to the procedures utilized by the unit. Each Scout must have a merit badge book to be successful at this event. Please be sure to take attendance and provide a report to the college of requirements completed and whether a boy has successfully completed the merit badge or only fulfilled partial requirements for the award. Indicate whether you will be available for post-college counseling. Please try to limit the amount of work requested before the college so that the boys may gain the value of your experience in the classroom.

Unit Sign-up Instructions
You must first download the Leader's Event Guide Once you have read it and understand the procedures for the college, please contact Jim Bunch, Dean, at to receive access to the registration system. It is important that you understand the registration procedures for this event before signing up your unit!!!

Please make sure to read through the published Merit Badge College 2009 Leader's Guide before you register and for more detailed instructions.

One (and only one) unit leader or point of contact will be responsible for registering the members of their unit and providing an e-mail address to facilitate communications with each unit. You will also be asked to provide a cell phone contact number of the leader that will be in charge of the boys on-site the day of the event. This is so we can quickly locate you in the event a situation occurs that requires your attention.

Please be advised that each Scout may ONLY register for one Citizenship merit badge. The Citizenship merit badges are normally the most popular requested at events of this type and we want to give every Scout the opportunity to earn at least one Eagle-required merit badge at the college.

Scouts that have not yet attained the rank of First Class Scout may only register for one Eagle-required merit badge.


Please remember to register all adults and secure a tour permit from your home council. 

To ensure that each Scout has the best experience at our event, units are required to have one adult in attendance for every four Scouts registered. Some classes require adult assistance to help the instructor complete the lesson plan for that merit badge.






Payment Instructions for the Unit

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Currently the system will not let us assign a separate cost for Scoutmaster Training and for Adults in Attendance.  All registrations will total to $15.  Before you send your check, please check your roster and submit the appropriate fees. Disregard the amount at the bottom of your unit roster printout!  Please send a copy of that print out with your payment. Thank you.

All fees must be sent via mail to the below address. Payment must be received within 10 days of registration and no later than close of business November 18, 2009. Because of the popularity of the college and certain merit badges, if payment is not recieved within 10 days of registration and you do not make arrangements with the Dean of the College, registration for your unit may be deleted.  If you feel that your payment may not be received by the deadline via postal service you must contact the Dean of College to make arrangement to hand deliver your payment by the deadline. Only one check per unit, please. Multiple checks will be returned and registrations will not be processed.

Checks should be made payable to Mid-America Council, BSA and addressed to:

Southwest Iowa Merit Badge College

c/o Jim Bunch


PO Box 118

Underwood, IA 51576

Directions to the Event

Iowa Western Community College is easily accessible from I-80, exit 8 (US- 6) and heading west approximately ¾-mile. You can also approach from the west on US-6 after travel through Council Bluffs. Signs will be displayed giving on-campus directions to the Merit Badge College. The address of Iowa Western is 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Feel free to plan your trip at

Release Information

By registering your Scouts and adults for this event you are agreeing to hold harmless the Mid-America Council, BSA, it's staff and volunteers, Iowa Western Community College, all off-site venues, and all persons associated with this event  from liability except in the case of gross negligence.

We reserve the right to limit registration for Merit Badge College or for any course. We also reserve the right to cancel courses or activities as needed. Although we do not anticipate the need to do this, there are limits on the number of participants we can accommodate. Please note that each Scout may only register for one of the Citizenship merit badges. These are the most popular merit badges and this policy is in place to insure that a maximum number of boys will be given the opportunity to earn one of these Eagle-required merit badges.

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